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Shanghai Noir

The Dancing Girl and the Turtle: publication date 01.04.2017

This has been a hectic week. Four voter registration events, a teacher training and my novel still to finish before we leave on holiday. But my week is nothing compared to what's going on in Xinjiang Province these days. Massive surveillance campaigns, arbitrary arrests and now detention in prison camps. The UN tells us that up to one million Uighurs are behind bars simply because they're Uighurs.

Who are the Uighurs? Well, this handsome fellow, for one, a prince of the realm back in the day when the Uighurs ruled their own kingdom. Today, life is bleak for these Chinese Muslims. Read more in this week's blog post: Uighur.

In other news, I'm thrilled to announce my stint as guest lecturer at the Amsterdam University College on October 31. I'll do my level best to inspire some college students into diving into the wonderful world of creative writing. And while that lecture is closed to AUC students and faculty, you can still sign up for a seat at my other teaching gig with the International Writers' Collective.

Fortunately for me, I've just finished reading Strunk & White's Elements of Style. That old chestnut is packed with stern words, pet peeves and oh so many rules. Hence, the title of my book review Rules.

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